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Our Bourgogne Pinot Noir Secret de Famille ("Family Secret") is crafted from a carefully sourced blend of grapes from prestigious terroirs of the Côte d'Or region only (around Chambolle-Musigny, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Gevrey-Chambertin, Marsannay…). We treat these wines as “villages” wines, where yields are restricted and ageing is adapted for each wine.
This charming wine features predominant fruity aromas of blackcurrant and wild red berries. Velvety and silky, this wine boasts soft, balanced structure on the palate, which ends with a delicate finish reminiscent of red fruit.
It’s impossible to discuss Chassagne-Montrachet without mentioning the name Bernard Moreau. Year to year, this celebrated producer vinifies and bottles some of the purest, most thought-provoking wines of the appellation. Employing a style of wine making that might best be described as hands-off, Bernard produces Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are sensual, opulent and utterly delicious.
The bouquet bursts with rose petals and black currant, plus a peppery, savory edge thanks to the 30% whole cluster fruit. The medium to full-bodied palate charms with a succulent core of ripe, brambly fruit and polished tannins. A touch of new oak lends a little extra mid-palate depth en route to a nicely defined finish. Overall, this is a balanced and delicious effort.
Harvested by hand, sorted and destemed.
Alcoholic fermentation in open vats, for about 15 days with 2 handmade punch-down a day at the beginning.
Maturation in oak barrels (10% new barrels) for 13 months.
TASTING NOTES Color : Brilliant and sustained ruby color.
Nose : Deep aromas of red and black fruits, lightly spicy.
Mouth : Robust, fleshy and fruity.
Food Pairing: Grilled or roasted red meats, legs of lamb, game birds.
This cuvée comes from 4 parcels situated mid-slope and spread in homogenous fashion over the whole appellation. The soils are deep and made up in equal parts of limestone and clay, giving the wine lovely balance and great length on the palate. It is a terroir that is very representative of the appellation Corton. The vines average 35 years old and face east.
Cherry blossom and clean, bright red fruit on the nose, backed up with hints of black tar, chocolate and licorice. On the palate, the texture is positively chewy and rich, with notes of cherry and fresh strawberries firm tannins. It finishes completely dry lean and meaty. For the money it's stunning. It's drinking fantastically now (especially with an hour's decanting), but I'm going to keep some around to see what happens in 5-7 years.
"This too is quite restrained with almost exclusively red berry fruit and intense floral aromas that are high-toned and pure while complementing the supple, textured, dusty and extremely precise flavors that exude a quiet power on the brooding and linear finish that delivers outstanding length. This will require every bit of a decade to resolve the very firm structure. This is less elegant than the 1er but more powerful and the distinguishing character of the '06 Bonnes Mares is the serenity that it projects. I thought that it would be good but this knocks on the door of being genuinely great." -Burghound
" Mint, concentrated red and black fruits, smoked meat, and black pepper pungently scent the De Vogue 2006 Bonnes Mares. These migrate with almost implosive intensity to a palate lushly textured though finely tannic and almost implacably dense yet shot through with electric energy. Here are both the caressing and invigorating aspects at once present in so many of the best 2006s, each accentuated. Like so many young wines of its appellation, this is relatively backward and slightly unruly, but the longer the wine takes on air the more both its senses of richness and energy are enhanced." -Wine Advocate
Chambers and Chambers
This blend from five Beaune Premier Crus was made to celebrate the Potel family's 50 years in wine. It is a richly structured, beautiful wine with its dark tannins and black fruit showing so well. Concentrated from the low yielding old vines, the wine is packed with fruits and acidity that are developing slowly. Drink from 2020.
North Berkeley Wines
"Impressively deep, dark ruby-red color. Black cherry, dark chocolate and violet on the nose, complicated by subtle hints of menthol and pepper. Distinctly sweeter and fruitier than the classique, with an altogether thicker and more generous texture to its black cherry and saline mineral flavors. This subtly palate-staining wine shows finer tannins than the regular bottling." Vinous Media